If you've followed this blog at all or if you're a member of the Bay Area Photo Club, you probably know that last fall I along with a couple of fellow BAPC members went to the Texas Renaissance Festival to photograph people. Larry J. Patrick gave a great body of work presentation on some of those images, and I've posted a lot of my portraits here on this blog. It was probably a turning point for my photography. It made me much more comfortable shooting people and using flash, and it gave me the opportunity to learn new skills retouching portraits. While 90% of images from that day were portraits of people, we did make one stop at a booth selling soaps and oils. I took a few shots of these wavy bottles filled with different colored oils (above). So, here's a non-portrait shot from that day -- abstracted even further with some color saturation and a special Photoshop plug-in called Fractalius, which transforms sharp edges into feather-like highlights.